Small group of students make big impact in Eco-justice and activism


The Eco-Justice and Activism Conference takes place on March 16-18, 2017 in Ypsilanti, MI at the University of Eastern Michigan. The Community Economic and Social Development (CESD) student association at Algoma University has been invited to speak at the Conference, on concepts of sustainable development practice and how they can be applied to the communities in which we live.

The group of 8 students from the CESD association will be leaving for the Eco-Justice and Activism Conference on Thursday, March 16, and their presentation is planned for Friday March 17 at 1 p.m. The presentation is titled, “The Praxis Effect: How theory and action lead to sustainable development”.

“My peers and I have the opportunity to share what we’ve learned to encourage sustainable social and economic development, in the classroom and the classroom of Sault Ste. Marie, with people in the United States. Sustainable development is important now, more than ever.” – said CESD Association President, Johnathan Lalonde

The presentation was completely developed by students, and the capital required to travel was raised by the CESD association through ‘Pay What You Can” feasts on campus. They will present on holism concepts learned in class, like “Ubuntu”, “Buen Vivir” and “Mino-Biimadziwin” and how those concepts when applied to development encourage
community building in a sustainable way.

The presentation will highlight action projects students from Community Economic and Social Development program have undertaken in real-life to improve the community in which we live.